Sep 232009

Planning a 10-week, 17,000-mile road trip through 40 states is a massive undertaking. This basecrawl — a quest to see one game at every Major League ballpark — happens to be framed around three weddings, one for each of our travelers.

No sooner has the game in San Diego ended when our basecrawlers begin an all-night push to Denver so Nolan isn’t late to a rehearsal dinner and a reunion with his girlfriend. Game No. 7 takes our team to Coors Field and a battle of the beers. Everyone appears to be riding a “mile high,” but stunning news is about to completely alter the nature of this baseball road trip.

Sep 082009

Ever wonder why certain people root for certain ball clubs? Or why a baseball fan’s sex drive fluctuates with the ups and downs of his favorite team?

As the quest to hit all 30 ballparks in one season continues, our basecrawlers use their stop at Petco Park to take a look at the science of fan behavior — both psychologically and physiologically.

The San Diego Padres are playing Daren’s beloved Mets, and our native New Yorker sees his mood swing like a batter taking a hack at a Jake Peavy fastball.